7 celebrities you had no idea were BANNED from the UK

They’re basically all Americans

So Donald Trump was not banned from the UK, despite a campaign to keep him out attracting nearly 600,000 signatures.

But many famous people have been banned at one time or another.

Take a look at some of our favourites:

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Occupation: Musician (apparently)

Reason: After pleading guilty to charges of assaulting his girlfriend at the time, pop star Rihanna, Brown was barred from entering the UK due to worries he posed a danger to Brits.

“We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence,” said Barbara Woodward, director of the UK border agency’s international group in 2010. “Public safety is one of our primary concerns.”

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Occupation: Musician

Reason: Dogg was “banned for life” in 2007 after being involved in a mass brawl at Heathrow Airport, where several police officers were injured.

He also has a criminal record, with drugs and firearms convictions, but was cleared of murder in 1996. At the time a Home Offices source told the Mirror: “This is not the first time that Snoop Dogg has been refused entry to the UK.

“He has a history of serious criminal activity in the US and is facing charges of possessing a firearm and having cocaine on his person. The Home Office does not treat people differently because they’re celebrities.

“If Snoop Dogg does turn up at a UK port he will be turned away.”

In 2010 however, this ban was repealed.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Occupation: Former intelligence agent/secrets leaker

Reason: After Snowden was involved with leaking the top state secrets of the US and its allies, including the UK, and went on the run, the government warned airlines they would face penalties if they allowed him to travel to the UK.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Occupation: Boxer

Reason: Tyson was supposed to be appearing at several events in London in 2013 after he released a book, but was barred from entering because of his convictions for rape, assault, cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

The Home Office said: “In December 2012 we toughened up the rules on entering the UK, replacing the previous discretionary approach with a clearer, stronger framework including mandatory refusals based on the length of, and time since, sentence.”

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Occupation: Umm… bounty hunter

Reason: Dog the Bounty Hunter, otherwise known as Duane Chapman, is a US reality TV star. He was due to fly out to the UK back in 2012 for a stint on Celebrity Big Brother but was refused a visa due to his involvement with a murder in 1976. While he wasn’t responsible for pulling the trigger, Dog served prison time for being the getaway driver.

Omar bin Laden

Omar bin Laden

Occupation: Peace activist

Reason: Son of Osama bin Laden, Omar was barred entry to the UK despite getting married to British citizen Jane Felix-Browne in Egypt in 2007. The British Embassy in Cairo refused to grant him a visa, citing evidence he is still loyal to his father.

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes

Occupation: Musician

Reason: Rhymes was held at London City Airport after arriving in the UK in 2008, after immigration officials blocked his temporary visa. The hip-hop veteran had “unresolved convictions” in the States, having pleaded guilty to assault and drink-driving. He was kept under armed guard for 12 hours until a judge ruled he was allowed to enter the UK and perform a show he had booked.

 

*Updated to add that Snoop Dogg is now allowed back into the UK.*

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